A respected biographical entry for Edward Smith Hall (1786 - 1860) is to be found in The Australian Dictionary of Biography - Online Edition

Another entry relating to Edward Smith Hall is to be found in ‘Australian Biographical and Genealogical Record’ Series 1 1788 - 1841 with series 2 suppliment 1842 - 1899. Edited by John T. Spurway, Assistant editor Allison Allen. Published by A.B.G.R. Sydney 1992.

A book released in December 2004 - ‘Edward Smith Hall and The Sydney Monitor 1826 - 1840′.
By Dr. Erin Ihde of The University of New England, Armidale.
To obtain this book, (cost $39.95 + postage) contact Mr. Nick Walker, Director of Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd. P.O. Box 299. Kew, Vic. 3101. Tel: 03 9654 0250. www.scholarly.info

Further publications by Erin Ihde.

‘To Bank or Not to Bank: Edward Smith Hall on Free Trade and the Commodification of Money in Early New South Wales’. By Erin Ihde.
Published in JAS83 Construction Works. Journal of Australian Studies. 2004.

‘To quote England as a precedent’: Edward Smith Hall on custom, rights and law in New South Wales. By Erin Ihde. University of New England,Armidale. NSW.
Conference Paper presented at the 11th Australian Modern British History Association Conference, Australian National University, Canberra. 1-3 Feb, 1999.

‘Send More Prostitutes: An Alternative View of Female Sexuality in Colonial New South Wales’. By Erin Ihde.
Published in the Journal of Australian Colonial History: Vol.4, NO 2. October 2002.

‘Edward Smith Hall: Colonial Paradox’. By Erin Ihde.
Conference Paper presented at Colonial Places, Convict spaces: Penal Transportation in Global Context, 1600 - 1940. Conference at University of Leicester, England. 9-10 Dec 1998.

‘Monitoring the situation: the ‘convict journal’, convict protest and convicts’ rights. By Erin Ihde.
Published in the Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society. Volume 85. Pert 1. June 1999.

‘Bold, manly-minded men’ and ’sly, cunning, base convicts’: The double standard of escape. By Erin Ihde.
Conference paper presented at ‘Escape’ Conference, Strahan, Tasmania. (Hosted by University of Tasmania and the International Centre for convict studies. 26 - 29 June 2003.

‘A Smart Volley Of Dough-Boy Shot’ a Military Food Riot in Colonial Sydney. By Erin Ihde.
Published in the Journal of Australian Colonial History. Vol.3, NO 2. October 2001.


Edward Smith Hall was married three times. Firstly to Charlotte (nee Hall) on 21.12.1810.
They had 10 children -
Charlotte Statham 1811 - 1859
Edward Smith (Junior) 1813 - 1866. Married Caroline Richardson.
Matilda Martha Birnie 1815 - 1854. Married George Campbell Curlewis
Jane Drewry 1816 - 1839
Mary Brewin 1818 - 1832
Sophia Statham 1819 - 1841. Married Francis O’Brien
Georgiana Elizabeth 1821 - 1860. Married Francis O’Brien
Mary Ann 1823 - 1823
Victor Branchcombe Claribut St. Heliers 1825 - 1904. Married Susan Mary Mercer
Stillborn baby 1826

On 3.8.1831 he was married to Sarah Holmes. They had two children.
Fanny Fidela 1834 - 1918. Married Francis Crosley Fulton
William Holmes 1836 - 1921. Married Augusta Britton Free.

On 3.3.1842 he was married to Emily Tandy. They had one child.
Burton Robert 1848 - 1848
SOURCE: R of B D & M

Edward and Charlotte Hall departed England on 8th April 1811 on the Convict transport ‘Friends’ and arrived in the colony on 10th October 1811. The ship covered the voyage in only 185 days.
Edward and Charlotte were ‘Free Settlers’ and the ship also contained 100 female prisoners and general cargo for the colony. It sailed under the command of James Ralph and never again carried convicts to Australia.
Records show that they departed from London, called at Rio de Janeiro, passed the Cape of Good Hope, sailed across the Indian Ocean and then to Port Jackson. The journey from Rio took 72 days which was a near record according to Bateson in ‘The Convict Ships’.
All passengers arrived in the colony in good condition.
According to the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping (1811), the vessel ‘Friends’ was 339 ton, copper sheathed and copper fastened; wooden and foreign built. She had three masts with square sails on the fore and main masts and a mix of triangular and square sails on the mizzen mast. She was built in 1799.
SOURCE: National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.
‘The Convict Ships” by Charles Bateson.

On Sunday 24th January 1999 The Welcome Wall at Darling Harbour, Sydney was opened by His Excellency, The Honourable Sir William Deane, AC, KBE, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
In the words of the Australian National Maritime Museum, The Welcome Wall - a new and lasting Landmark - pays tribute to the millions of people who crossed the world to settle in Australia.
Edward Smith Hall’s name appeared on the first section of names to be unveiled and the ceremony was attended by eight members of Hall’s descendants. The application fee was covered by one of Hall’s great-grandsons, Mr. Henry Beresford Hall of Nyngan, NSW.
A visit to The Welcome Wall is recommended to all members of the Hall family and Edward Smith Hall’s name may be found on Panel 3: Column 2: Line 4: